There’s no end to the claims made for and about evolution and what evolution can allegedly accomplish without intelligent guidance. It seems as if Evolution ought to be treated as a god and capitalized. What would a true skeptic do without Evolution?
Far less common are actual metrics for testing evolutionary claims. For example, requests for how to write an actual test for claims about “the power of cumulative selection” are met with silence or scorn.
J.B.S Haldane once wrote:
A satisfactory theory of natural selection must be quantitative. In order to establish the view that natural selection is capable of accounting for the known facts of evolution we must show not only that it can cause a species to change, but that it can cause it to change at a rate which will account for present and past transmutations.
Was Haldane wrong? Did he expect too much from the theory?
What do readers think of his article? Is there a limit on the rate of evolution and why don’t claims for the alleged power of evolution include objective testing metrics such as calculations of cost?